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BAKKEN, Eugene W
BAKKEN, Eugene W Jan. 10, 1930 - April 8, 2014 Born in Decorah, Iowa, he was orphaned at the age of 10 and spent several years at the Lutheran Orphanage in Waverly, Iowa. Gene enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force, after his discharge, he returned to Iowa where he met and married his wife, Ladonna. In November of 1963, the family moved to Lancaster, Calif. and Eugene worked Civil Service at Edwards AFB for 25 years. Upon retirement, he restored classic cars and became a member of the screen actors guild, appearing in several movie and commercial roles. His main love was helping his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Ladonna; sons, Randall (Sally) and Eric Bakken; daughter Tamara Holder; grandsons, Sean Bakken, Ryan (Crystal) Holder and Kyler Holder; sisters, Morene (Robert) Koehler, Phyllis (James) Goodman, Wanda Lawthers and Betty Ann (John) Bodine, and numerous friends and relatives. His son, Dale Bakken preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 2013. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. He will always be in our hearts.

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